5 Budget-friendly Alternatives To Hardwood Flooring


Want hardwood floors but find them too pricey? Choose from these five budget-friendly flooring options that look like hardwood floors in your home.


The flooring may be an underappreciated feature, but they add to the overall aesthetic appeal of our home. They come in different types and have varied purposes. One classic favorite is hardwood flooring, which you can usually find in cottage-inspired homes and rooms that receive less foot traffic.

While they are beautiful and sustainable, hardwood floors are expensive and high maintenance. They can get scratched easily and they could develop mold and warping should they be exposed to a lot of moisture. Fortunately, there are more affordable flooring alternatives that capture the beautiful and natural effect of hardwood floors. Here are five of them:

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood panels look similar to typical timber wood flooring. However, they are thinner, have a layer of natural wood on the top layer, and have less expensive plywood in their inner layers. This structure makes engineered wood more durable and inexpensive than standard hardwood flooring.

Engineered wood panels can be nailed or glued down over concrete subfloors, which can’t be done with timber floors. You might even find engineered wood made of exotic timbers for lower prices. With this type of flooring, you can fulfill your dreams of having hardwood floors in your home without breaking the bank.

Laminated Wood

Laminated wood floors may not be “real” wood, but they are great alternatives as they are cheaper and stronger than hardwood and engineered wood. They look like natural timber panels but are easier to install and clean. The best part is that laminated wood flooring is water-resistant, making them suitable for bathroom floors. Take a look at this shower and bath area in this four-bedroom house in Verdana Homes as an example:


Laminated wood is also durable, so you won’t have to worry about wearing and replacing panels quickly. Plus, you won’t need to worry about dents, water stains, scuff marks, and pet scratches.


Wood-patterned Tiles

Tiles are another versatile and budget-friendly flooring option. They are available in different designs, varying from plain neutrals to elaborate patterns and wood-like textures. Tiles are also easier to install in concrete houses. A quick search on Lamudi will show you a handful of houses in Biñan, Laguna with wood-like textured tiles as flooring.

If your new home is still under construction, you may choose wood-patterned tiles for your bedroom or family room to mimic the look of traditional timber houses. You may also combine them with plain or marbled tiles to create an exciting contrast for your home.



Vinyl floors are another affordable but flexible alternative flooring material. They come in thin sheets but are surprisingly durable and water-resistant. Vinyl floors are perfect for homes with a lot of pets as they can withstand scratches and dents. They are also easy to clean and are low maintenance since they don’t stain easily.


If you want something more natural but cost-efficient, bamboo flooring might be the right option for you, especially since bamboo floor panels look like timber flooring. But because bamboo is a hardy grass that grows fast, they are more sustainable and more affordable in the long run.

Besides being cheaper, bamboo floors are also more durable and resistant to stains, dents, and scratches. They are also less likely to grow mold and warp when exposed to moisture.

Now that you know which flooring types are excellent alternatives for hardwood floors, choose among these five options that will be great for your home. You’ll have beautiful wood-like flooring that is easier to maintain and won’t break the bank.